2014 BMW 428i Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 BMW 4 Series - Road Test Specs

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 8-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 BMW 4 Series 428i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Vehicle TypeRWD 2dr 4-passenger Coupe
Base MSRP$41,425
Options on test vehicleM Sport Package ($3,500 - 18-inch M Sport wheels, Adaptive M suspension, sport seats, highlight trim finishers, aluminum hexagon interior trim, M steering wheel, aerodynamic kit, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner); Dynamic Handling Package ($1,000 - variable sport steering); M Sport Brakes ($650); Estoril Blue Paint ($550).
As-tested MSRP$47,125
Assembly locationMunich, Germany
North American parts content (%)5%


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine , rear-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,997/122
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves/cylinder variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)7,000
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6.500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)241 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 1,250
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission type8-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I: 4.71; II: 3.14; III: 2.11; IV: 1.67; V: 1.29; VI: 1.00; VII: 0.84; VIII: 0.67; R: 3.30
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.15


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, multi-mode driver-adjustable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, multi-mode driver-adjustable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15
Tire make and modelBridgestone Potenza S001
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer, performance, run-flat (32 psi cold front; 32 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front225/45R18 91Y
Tire size, rear255/40R18 95Y
Wheel size, front18 by 8
Wheel size, rear18 by 9
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front13.4-in one-piece ventilated cast-iron rotors with 4-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear13.6-in one-piece ventilated cast-iron rotors with 2-piston fixed calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.1
0-45 mph (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph (sec.)5.4
0-75 mph (sec.)7.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.8 @ 98.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.1
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.0
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.1
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.2 @ 98.7
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)110
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON66.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.88
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.9
@ Full throttle (dB)73.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.4
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,900

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAfter going through the various drive modes (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus), and the transmission options, (Drive, Sport, Manual), I discovered a dedicated Launch Mode indicated on the instrument panel. It's effective and cuts a half-second from acceleration times across the board. Also, I discovered the transmission short-shifts in Drive in modes other than Sport or Sport Plus where it will upshift at the indicated redline rather than 500 rpm shy as in other modes. It also will hold gears (without upshifting) in Sport or Sport Plus. That all said, what an engine! This should in no way be considered a consolation engine if the 435i is out of reach. There's plenty of grunt down low in the rev range and exhilarating power as the tachometer swings up toward the redline. The raspy intake/exhaust is an unexpected treat, too.
Braking commentsUntil we had conducted this simulated panic stop test, I wasn't a fan of these optional M-Sport brakes. In everyday use, the pedal lacks feel as it begins to travel and packs a surprising amount of effectiveness with little effort. At the test track, however, the benefits were highly evident: Short stopping distances and near-zero reduction in effectiveness and high-thermal capacity. The feel the pedal lacks in everyday, gentle use reappears with gusto when applied with a heavy foot for maximum performance. Very good brakes for the enthusiast driver.
Handling commentsSlalom: While the steering lacks tactile feedback in the traditional sense, it is laser precise and with the Dynamic Handling package's variable-ratio setup it also gains effectiveness the further off center the driver turns the wheel (unlike previous BMW Active steering). It's easy to approach the limits with confidence and measured aggression. Use the throttle or steering too abruptly, however, and the electronic stability control (ESC) will intervene. There's a noticeably longer leash with traction control disabled, but there's still an option to shut both traction and stability control off completely. Skid pad: I really expected to see a 0.90g or greater result here because as equipped, this 428i feels like it has a boatload of grip. Steering again could benefit from more feedback, but it looks like those hydraulic-steering days are gone.

Testing Conditions

Test date12/17/2013
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)74.6
Relative humidity (%)18.3
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.98
Wind (mph, direction)0.40 - tail/cross
Odometer (mi.)2,470
Fuel used for test91-octane required
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)32/32

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 combined/23 city/35 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)25.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.8
Driving range (mi.)521.4

Audio and Advanced Technology

iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via proprietary cable
Satellite radioOptional
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsOptional
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,470
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,517
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)50.4/49.6
Length (in.)182.6
Width (in.)71.9
Height (in.)54.2
Wheelbase (in.)110.6
Track, front (in.)60.8
Track, rear (in.)62.8
Turning circle (ft.)37.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)33.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.8
Headroom, rear (in.)36.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)51.7
Seating capacity4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)15.7
GVWR (lbs.)4,385
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)840
Ground clearance (in.)5.1


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles

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